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Windows 7: Desktop layout

27 Nov 2014   #1
Gwaihir

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 
Desktop layout

Hi, My system recently suffered a graphics glitch on boot-up that reset the display to the default resolution causing the desktop to lose it's layout. Does anyone know where the layout information is stored? Is it possible to make a backup of it so it can be restored?


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27 Nov 2014   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Usually you can right click your desktop and click on personalize,
If theirs now a Unsaved theme selected or created switch back to the saved theme will switch everything back
That is dependent on "if" you saved and named the prior theme
Cheers.
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27 Nov 2014   #3
Gwaihir

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Hi, thanks for the reply.

I had saved the theme so was able to restore the settings but this doesn't appear to restore the positions of any of the desktop icons.
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27 Nov 2014   #4
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Im not aware of the locations being saved anywhere, think you may have to go manual on that
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27 Nov 2014   #5
Gwaihir

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

I presume you mean 'anywhere accessible to the user' since they're obviously stored somewhere. I kind of expected that would be the case. Ah well, I guess I'll just have to carry on making do with a screenshot of the desktop to remind me where it all goes.
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27 Nov 2014   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

System restore to an earlier time might do the task but I was hoping switching back to the saved theme would do it :/
Type the bold phrase in the start menu search,
Cheers.

Just a note if you have that many items you have WAY too many on your desktop
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27 Nov 2014   #7
Gwaihir

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Yeah, probably - 56 at the last count , but the majority of them get visited on a regular basis and I do tidy up from time to time. They're generally shortcuts to applications and their user manuals and to folders containing data files. I don't keep individual data files there.

I might give System Restore a try next time. Thanks for the suggestion.
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